Peach Raspberry Pie

When you ask people what they love about summer, most would probably talk about laying out by the pool, longer summer nights, and no school in the morning, however I have something different to add. Summer fruit. Blueberries, peaches, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, the list is endless and so so enticing! And while most modern 20-somethings would make a healthy peach protein smoothie, or homemade strawberry frozen yogurt, I threw out my vicious healthy thoughts and made a beautiful pie instead.

Peach raspberry pie to be exact. While many thought this combination was a little odd, I just could not decide between two of my favorite fruits. Maybe it’s just me, but i’ve always thought peach pie to be a little dull. A whole lot of sweet and gooey, not a lot of punch. Yet on the other hand, raspberry pie is a whole lot of punch, not enough sweet (plus way to many seeds). You see what i’m getting at right? These two lovely summer fruits combined make a legendary masterpiece. They compliment each other like a beautiful romance, accepting each other for their faults and differences. Am I getting a little emotional over the romantic lives of my fruits? Probably.

I used store bought crust and I do not want to hear about it, mostly because i’ve never cared much for crust anyways, it only tries to get in the way of my delicious fruity center. I promise one day I will force myself to buckle down and make a homemade crust. The experience will probably change my life and I will tell you all about it, but today is not that day.

“That’s a pie crust promise. Easily made and easily broken.” That Mary Poppins had it all figured out.

Peach Raspberry Pie

Peach Raspberry Pie

2 cups raspberries, 3 cups peaches. Sounds like an ideal ratio. Secret? Fruit pies almost always take 5 cups of fruit.

Peach Raspberry Pie

But let’s make the most of this lovely couple by using ingredients to bring out their flavors, and bind them together. Until death do they part (death by eating). Sugar, flour, cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg if you’re feeling wild. Combine in a large bowl.

Before the raspberries are ready for the main event, they need some help. First a squirt of lemon juice to help them stay beautiful and fresh. Next a bit of vanilla extract because it’s always a necessity.

Peach Raspberry Pie

Even now, they look charming. Combine both fruits with the sugar/flour mixture.

Peach Raspberry Pie

Pour the mixture into your pie crust and take a moment to marvel at your fruity, sunset pie filling. Drizzle the top with a bit of honey. Honey is going to be peaches secret lover. I’ve always thought honey brings out a deeper flavor from the peaches that makes them naughty and nice.

This pie is not done yet. We need a topping. Something to add a little bit of crunch to this ooey gooey filling. Time to make a quick crumbly streusel.

Peach Raspberry Pie

Butter, brown sugar, and oats are cut together using a pastry cutter (or a fork if you’re underprivileged). Carefully spooned on top, this pie is ready for it’s oven where the raspberries and peaches will cozy up and make a warm delicious pie.

Peach Raspberry Pie

Best served warm with a huge scoop of ice cream. This pie is every bit of peachy dream you deserve, with just a hint of that raspberry tang you crave.

Peach Raspberry Pie
2 cups raspberries (fresh or frozen)
3 cups peaches
2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp cinnamon
dash of nutmeg (optional)
2 tbsp honey (to drizzle)

Streusel Topping
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup butter

1) Drizzle lemon juice and vanilla extract over raspberries. Set aside.

2) Peal, pit, and thinly slice peaches. Set aside.

3) In a large bowl mix flour, sugar, cinnamon, and optional nutmeg until combined.

4) Slowly fold raspberries and peaches into the flour/sugar mixture until fruit is well coated.

5) Carefully pour fruit mixture into pie crust. Drizzle with honey to your liking.

6) For the streusel topping, use a pastry cutter or fork to cut butter into the brown sugar and oats until well combined and no large butter chunks are shown. Heavily spoon mixture on top of pie.

7) Place pie on baking sheet (in case of bubbling over) and bake for 38-40 minutes at 375 degrees F. Crust should be dark golden and filling should be bubbly.

Draw My (College) Life

Over the years, I have grown a deep love/ fear relationship with public speaking. I say “love/fear” because I think that it is the fear that motivates my love. During one of my favorite classes I was given the task to create a podcast, with the simple instructions that it must contain audio, visuals, and tell the story of how you chose your major. While many suggested doing a Powerpoint slideshow or a quick webcam recording, I had a different idea.

Now many of you avid “web surfers” have probably heard of the “Draw My Life” videos; quick clips that depict a story using stick figures drawn on a whiteboard to narrate. My first, and only “Draw My Life” experience was done by Jenna Marbles, who brought me to tears with her touching, slightly humorous life store. After given the assignment, I dove into the world of whiteboard drawings, determined to make my podcast unique and meaningful.

Quickly, that determination started to thin, and I realized I had no idea what I was doing. But I’ve realized that it’s usually the times I don’t know what i’m doing that I make something incredible. In tears I tried to angle my camera just right as to film my drawings, yet not my head. With nothing but my mother to keep my tears at bay and my Macbook’s steady battery life, I somehow managed to pull this project together.

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Now, I am making whiteboard videos for our University of Saint Francis Admissions Office, encouraging students to visit the school I love. What i’ve learned? Creativity is a funny thing, and sometimes just takes a strong will and a few tears to bring ideas to life.

Job Shadowing Anxiety: 7 Tips to Help You Nail It!

A few days ago I was presented with the option to job shadow the Wedding and Events Sales Manager at the Indianapolis Zoo. After meeting a friend of a friend, along with some desperate emails, Ms. Jackie Sabrosky invited me to sit in on a final meeting with the bride and groom to go over some last minute details. The week following the email I was elated! I could not believe my luck and this awesome opportunity that had been presented to me. But, as the date slowly crept up on me…. my anxiety came along with it. Anxiety accompanied by thoughts like “What am I doing here?” “What questions should I ask?” “I don’t know how to get to Indy” “I don’t know how to be an adult” and my personal favorite…. “Oh dear Lord, What. Should. I. Wear.”

It wasn’t until a meeting with my advisor, along with a long talk with my boss that I started to calm down and realize something important: this is not an interview. This is job shadowing, I don’t need to be 100% impressive all the time, I am there to learn.

From this experience? 7 tips to help you nail your job shadowing and make the most of it.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies

The Monday after 4th of July weekend… is there any Monday worse? Mine was filled with frustrating customers, miscommunications, and a horrible experience at Starbucks which involved a lack of fudgey brownie goodness, and shared tears with the barista. Clearly, I urgently needed to bake something fast.

Cookies. The perfect treat to easily bring to the office and a surprise for my school advisor who i’ve been nothing but a pain to this summer. Obviously since I was baking for other people, I could not fall to the ordinary chocolate chip cookie (no hate there)… no, I needed something better. Something “summer-y” to lift all of our spirits.

My mother said it could not be done. But I refused to give up hope. Strawberries in cookies. Fresh strawberries- not dried- combined with delicate white chocolate chips and a hint of cream cheese. I was scared. I was alone (except for Brad the Cat). However, I allowed my fiery rage from lack of Starbucks brownie to fuel my inspiration… Also I had already purchased the strawberries.

To my mothers, Brads, and even my own surprise they turned out perfect. With the convenience of a cookie, but the sweet taste of strawberry shortcake, they were definitely a huge hit. This making the Tuesday after Independence Day much easier to survive.

If I can make it happen, so can you my friend.

Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies

Fresh strawberries. A rather wonderful place to start. Chopped to very small pieces. Add a bit of lemon juice, because we all need a pick me up every now and then. Set aside.

Now lets make a batter, shall we? Grab your big bowl and pretend you’re using room temperature butter and cream cheese when we all know you microwaved it (just me?). Cream them together with sugars, egg, and vanilla extract. I hope you’ve been working out because this batter needs whipped for about 3 minutes to develop that nice light texture.

Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies

Fantastic, I knew you could do it. A secret between the two of us? We’re going to add the dry ingredients straight in. There is no separation when cookies are on the line. We want them done and ready to eat ASAP. Add in flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Mix to combine.

Time for the fun part. Ready? Let’s bring our strawberry friends back. We’ll mix them with a spoon full of flour to help support them through the process.

Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies

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